Grateful Dead Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on 1984-06-24
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- Grateful Dead
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- Saratoga Springs, NY
Subject: This one's sped up
Subject: memorable show
Subject: Called Dancin
I used to be somewhat of a 'Dead Prophet' I'd make bizarre 'predictions' of songs and the Dead would play them. Big Railroad on 5/12/80 for example.
So, we leave Harrisburg & I keep saying, "Hurry, we have to get there for Dancin."
It's POURING RAIN all day...
Holds us up. HUGE traffic jam getting in. No problem..
We walk a mile. Still time.
We get to the gate: HUGE mass of people.
As we're waiting, I hear the strains of Dancin' In the Streets playing, just barely. And after calling bit, I'm stuck outside.
I ended up waiting until 2003 to hear 'The Q' play it.
The show itself?
The crowd is going nuts but you can't hear Jerry at all. Common problem in '84 in his steep decline.
Subject: A first for 3 things!
Subject: SPAC 84
Subject: Dancin! Dancin' in the street
Subject: This was Great
Subject: Rain...what fun
Subject: "Wanna go see the Dead?"
High energy performance, and for the conditions, I'd say this is an excellent recording. I'm giving it five stars.
Subject: I graduated High School that afternoon
We showed up with our graduation money and hooked everything up, got lawn seats and doses. When the show started I lost my friends and just was dancing with everyone.
I had been an athiest but i bonded with a tree and realized a higher power had to have made the thing.
Then I saw the older brother of one my friends Keith Grover, he was Chris Grover and one of the coolest heads in town.
He had always been aloof. But when he saw me dancing in the rain in the same state of mind he was in.. We hugged and I pulled a joint out of my pocket and we tried to smoke it in the rain but it pretty much dissolved. We laughed so hard and it didn't matter.
We hung out the rest of the show and after that I was in with the biggest head in Pound Ridge, back then connections made you cool.
The show ended and we parted and I walked through golf courses in the pouring rain back to my superbeetle.
I had put the key for itin the change pocket of my Levis.
When I got to my car I was so happy, there was a girl there and I said, "My car, I found my car" and I was sooo high. she said "do you have the keys to your car" and I pulled the key out of my change pocket" and she laughed and we hugged
Then I got in my superbeetle and got in the back seat. i had a change of clothes, a mexican blanket and a cooler full of food and orange juice. I took off all my clothes and put on the dry clean clothes,ate some bread, apples and peanuts and opend a container of tropcana orange juice... pure bliss
I also had some "sense" and a pipe and I smoked out. This was Nirvana.
Then there was a knock on the window and it was Chris and Cotter. We hung out and drove back to bedford.
I remember going to sleep after the sun went up.
20 years later I went and saw the dead in San Diego in Sept 24, 2004
Wow what a long strange trip
Subject: What's up with the ratings for this show??
Subject: Soulful China Doll
Subject: My first show
Definitely a high energy place. Energy ripples around the audience in waves, and this tape captures it well.
Minglewood is very high powered, with a hot Jerry jam.
Deal is always a fun tune, but this one doesn't hold a candle to the next summer's (June 1985) Greek Theatre Deal, which I also attended. This one has a couple flubs, and an unimpressive jam.
Miracle is well placed to capture the second set energy of this SPAC crowd, and it is well executed. Phil sounds like he's firing cannon shots into the audience, and Jerry has that mean and fast Minglewood-style tone. I remember seeing the drummers from a distance and thinking that they looked like a well-oiled machine, cranking along in perfect symmetry. The whole band looked like a brand-new, shiny engine firing on all cylinders. They didn't jam much on this Miracle, but it was fun anyway.
Bertha keeps up the forward momentum and keeps the crowd's energy up. Jerry's jam is crisp and fast, with a nice friendly ring to it. Not perfect or inspired, but fun anyway. Phil lets off a few smaller cannon shots, but nothing like Miracle. "Rainstorm" gets a well deserved roar.
... to be continued ....
Subject: HAS IT BEEN ALMOST A QUARTER OF A CENTURY?
What a fun time in my life. 83 show at spac was absolutely the best musical experience of my life. This night was a crowd experience favorite!!!!
Subject: Dancin in the Rain
Subject: Losing your friends in the rain
Great show. Great venue. Check out 8-1-04 SPAC show for what I consider one of the finest Dead shows post-Jerry.
Subject: Mud, Mud, Mud, Fun, Fun, Fun
The show definitely had lots of highlights but not my favorite 'toga show. I guess '83 jaded me.
Thanks for uploading this one!
Subject: Dancing in the Rain
Great audience recording but isn't there a soundboard in circulation?
Subject: Watershed show
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